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Too Lazy to Be Social? Google’s Auto-Reply Patent Keeps You Connected to Your Networks

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In a hyper-connected society, keeping up and up to date with each other is becoming an overwhelming chore, especially with the amount of over-sharing on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Google, no stranger to trying to keep things automated with services like Google Now and also keeping people in touch with its Gmail service, is working on a way to automate your presence on social media sites like Facebook. Thanks to a new patent application, whenever your friends post an update, Google could send an auto-reply to make it seem like you’re a good friend, always on top of your friends’ business.

In its patent application, Google would leverage open APIs from popular social networking sites to tap into the conversations that are happening. This way, if your friend posted that he got a new job, your Facebook account, thanks to Google, would be able to send an automated message to congratulate said friend on that new job.

Google says that as users subscribe to “”many different social networks,” it is “easy for a person to miss such an update,” and an auto-reply as such would hep fill the plug. However, it may be awkward if you meet said friend later, after sending an automated congratulatory note on social media, and appear clueless as to the new job in person.

In Giga Om‘s dissection of the patent, it seems that Google is exploring auto-reply options for Facebook and Twitter as well as for dating sites like OKCupid and academic networks like ResearchGate.

Auto-reply is nothing new. Users have been using auto-reply in email services for a number of years now to alert those who send them messages that they’re unavailable, on vacation, or away from their desk as a way to let senders of emails know to expect a delayed response. Google’s latest innovation is a little different in that it’s more intelligent and takes into account the context of the social network posting to provide a contextual response, rather than just an out of office message that’s typical of most auto-reply systems on emails.

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And while Google’s invention may make it appear like you’re on top of your social networking updates, it may provide a lot of benefits to Google as well as it attempts to collect more data and information from its users. This data, however, could be put to good use by Google as it builds on its digital assistant service called Google Now, which displays relevant updates and information to users. By knowing more about a person, Google Now could then deliver more personalized and meaningful content–the service already scans emails to deliver boarding pass information, package tracking for delivery, and more. Knowing what your friends are posting on rival networks could allow Google Now to alert you to important milestones in the lives of your loved ones, even if they don’t use Google services.

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Android 11 Problems: 5 Things You Need to Know

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Google’s Android 11 is out of beta and available for Google’s Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a. The operating system went through extensive testing, but issues have slipped through the cracks into the final release.

After a fairly lengthy wait, Android 11 is finally live for Pixel devices. The update is pretty extensive and comes with a long list of changes including built-in screen recording, improved notifications, and a variety of under-the-hood improvements.

While some Pixel owners should install the Android 11 update right now, others might benefit from waiting.

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Android 11 has been out for a short time, but we’re already hearing and seeing complaints about bugs and performance issues. Some of these issues are brand new, some have carried over from Android 10.

If you’re thinking about downloading the Android 11 update on your Pixel, you should be familiar with these issues before you tap download.

In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android 11 problems. We’ll also provide you with some potential fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android 11 update, show you where to report bugs, and tell you about what’s coming next from Google.

Prepare for Android 11

You might be tempted to install Android 11 right now. However, before you tap download, make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move up from Android 10.

You can’t predict exactly how Android 11 will run on your Pixel. Some of you might see a performance boost, others will run into bugs or performance issues. Preparing for the installation will help you cut down the number of potential issues you might encounter.

We’ve put together a guide that will take you through the pre-installation process we use before we install new Android software on our Pixel devices.

If you don’t have a ton of time to devote to the pre-installation process, you’ll want to make sure all of your files are all properly backed up.

Data loss issues are rare these days, but this is still an important step to take before you make the transition from Android 10 to Android 11.

Pixel Android 11 Problems

The beta squashed a number of bugs and performance issues ahead of the public release, but the final version of Android 11 is causing problems for some Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4 users.

Some Pixel users are running into installation issues. If you’re experiencing issues with the Android 11 installation process, take a look at our guide.

Pixel users are also complaining about a variety of other problems including connectivity issues, abnormal battery drain, touchscreen issues, UI lag, sound issues, and more.

It’s a short list, but we expect the list to grow as more people download and install the new operating system.

Where to Find Feedback & Report Problems

We’ll start to see more feedback about the Android 11 update on sites like Twitter and YouTube.

You’ll also find useful Android 11 feedback on Google’s Pixel Help Forums and sites like XDA-Developers.

Short-term feedback is extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from Android 11 users if you’re feeling leery about the move to the operating system.

If you do run into an Android 11-related issue on your Pixel you’ll want to report your issue to Google. You can do so via the company’s website or via the Pixel Help Forums.

How to Fix Pixel Android 11 Problems

If encounter problems on your Pixel you can’t rely on Google to fix them. New Android 11 builds won’t come every week and every new release will have its own set of problems.

If you encounter a bug or performance issue, you’ll want to try fixing it on your own before getting in touch with Google’s customer service.

We’ve put together guides that will take you through the most common issues impacting the Pixel 2, Pixel 3, and Pixel 4. You can start there.

If you’re unable to find a fix for your problem there, you’ll want to take a look at Google’s Pixel help forum or XDA’s Pixel 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3a, Pixel 4, and Pixel 4a forums.

What’s Next

We haven’t heard anything about Android 11.1 yet. And given that Google failed to release Android 10.1, there’s a chance we don’t get a big maintenance update in 2020 or 2021.

The only Android 11 updates on our radar right now are Google’s monthly updates. These updates always bring new security patches and bug patches. And that means the first batch of bug fixes for Android 11 issues could roll out in October.

We expect Google’s October Android 11 update to roll out early next month. The company almost always rolls its monthly updates out on the first Monday.

If you’re dealing with Android 11 issues keep your eyes out for it.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

Wait for Even Better Performance

Wait for Even Better Performance

You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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10 Things to Do Before Installing Android 11

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At long last Google’s rolling out the final version of Android 11 to Pixel users. And while you might be tempted to install the software right away, you’ll want to make sure you prepare yourself, and your device, for the move from Android 10 to Android 11.

The Android 11 beta is finally over and Google’s pushed the final Android 11 build to Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 4a users.

If you’ve used the Android 11 beta on a Pixel phone, you already know what to expect. If you haven’t, there’s a lot to get excited about. Android 11 is packed with new features including built-in screen recording, improved notifications, and a variety of under-the-hood improvements.

While some Pixel owners will want to install the Android 11 update as soon as the download appears, others will benefit from taking their time.

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Android 11 went through an extensive beta, but problems have slipped through the cracks. It’s difficult to predict what kind of performance you’ll get out of the new software so it’s important to prepare for the download.

In this guide we’ll take you through some steps you might want to take before you install Android 11 on your Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, or Pixel 4a.

These are the steps we typically take before installing new Android software on our devices and they could help you avoid a headache or two.

Backup Your Files

Before you download Android 11 onto your phone, make sure you all of your important data is backed up. Data loss issues are pretty rare these days, but it’s always important to check before you transition from one operating system to another.

First you’ll want to make sure Auto Backup is turned on for all of your important data. If you aren’t sure how to do this, Google offers in-depth Auto Backup tutorials that will help you.

Dig into those tutorials if you need to, double check all of your files (photos, videos, game saves, etc), and then move forward.

Get Familiar with Android 11

If you’ve skipped any of Google’s monthly updates and/or you haven’t been following Android 11’s path to release, make sure you get familiar with these changes before download it. This way you aren’t caught off guard by the changes.

Google’s rolled out a steady stream of Android 10 updates in 2020. The company’s posted the contents of each update on its Android Security Bulletin. If you haven’t been keeping up, we suggest going over the updates you skipped.

If you’re currently running the latest version of Android 10 we encourage you to get comfortable with Android 11’s changes before you upgrade.

Google’s released a guide that goes over some of Android 11’s biggest changes and it’s worth a look if you didn’t follow the beta or tune into any of the company’s announcements.

Gather Your Login Information

There’s a chance the installation will log you out of some of your important applications and services so you’ll want to have your login information handy.

If Android 11 logs you out of your core apps and services and you don’t know your login information, you might find yourself wasting time tracking down your usernames and passwords. This could lead to unnecessary delays at work, at school, or on a night where you just want to relax.

If aren’t sure you know all your login information or you simply haven’t had to login to Google or any of your other apps or services in awhile, make sure you track down this info before you initiate the Android 11 download and installation.

Dig Into Android 11 Feedback

If you own an older phone like the Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL you might want to dig into feedback about Android 11’s performance before you upgrade. New software can cause major problems on older devices.

Digging into feedback from early adopters could alert you to potential benefits and potential problems with your device’s version Android 11. Knowing these things ahead of time will help set proper expectations and help you prepare.

We’ve seen Android 11 feedback emerge on social media sites like Twitter and YouTube and we’ve also seen early feedback go up on XDA-Developer forums, and Google’s Pixel Help Forums.

Short term feedback is great, but some of might want to hold out and wait for long term Android 11 feedback from Pixel users around the U.S.

Cleanup Your Pixel’s Storage

The Android 11 update requires a pretty nice chunk of space (it was a 1.58GB on our Pixel 4a) which means some of you might need to delete files to make room.

If you’ve owned your Pixel for a long time you might have a ton of clutter on board. You’ve probably got games you no longer play, movies you no longer watch, photos you no longer look at, and music you no longer listen to.

If you’re running out of free space and want to get Android 11 on board your phone ASAP, make sure you check your internal storage and see how much free space you’ve got.

Even if you have enough room for the download, it might be a good idea to do some cleanup. It could help your Pixel’s overall performance.

Find Fixes for Potential Android 11 Problems

There’s a chance you run into bugs or performance issues after installing Android 11. And that’s why it’s important to be prepared.

We’re already hearing about problems and we expect the list to grow as more people install Google’s software.

Before you download the Android 11 you’ll want to track down fixes for potential bugs and issues. Our list of fixes for common Pixel Android problems is a great place and it highlights fixes for battery issues, Bluetooth, and more. If you can’t find a fix there, take a look at the Pixel Help Forum.

Google’s next Android 11 update probably won’t roll out until next month so you’ll likely be on your own for awhile. Make sure you’re prepared to tackle any problems that popup.

Check With IT

If you use your Pixel for work, you might want to check in with your IT department (if you have one) before you install Android 11 on your phone.

Enterprise problems are common after major Android releases so there’s a chance Android 11 has a negative impact on the apps and services you use at work.

If you don’t have an IT department, it might be a good idea to check in with co-workers using Android 11 and see how the software is treating them.

We also recommend checking the official forums of the app or service, if they exist, to see how others are faring on Android 11.

Check App Reviews and Install Updates

Before you install Android 11 we recommend checking the Play Store for app updates.

If you don’t have automatic updates turned on, and you’ve fallen behind, make sure you dig into the latest updates before you upgrade.

The latest updates for your apps and services might have support for Android 11 on board. That will help keep them stable on the new operating system.

You might also want to read app reviews from Android 11 users. Their feedback could alert you to potential benefits and/or problems with the latest version of the app.

We should see a steady stream of app updates emerge as we push away from Android 11’s release.

Get Familiar with the Downgrade Process

We recommend getting familiar with the Android downgrade process before you install Android 11 on your phone. This way if something goes wrong, and you can’t find a manual fix for the problem, you can immediately drop back to Android 10.

If the Android 11 update starts causing problems on your Pixel and you can’t find a fix for your issues, you could try moving back to Android 10 in an effort to improve your device’s performance.

There are a bunch of resources out there, but this guide is a good one. Bookmark it if you need to.

Decide How to Download Android 11

It could take a few days for Google’s upgrade to hit your device. If you don’t want to wait, you can manually install the update right now.

If you want to manually install Android 11 this guide (for Android 10, but should work with Android 11) will take you step-by-step through the sideload process.

If you’re not comfortable with those instructions, you should wait for the update to arrive Over-the-Air (OTA) from Google. When the update is ready to download and install, your phone will prompt you to install it. You can also check in your Settings.

The manual installation process can cause problems if you aren’t careful. If you aren’t feeling confident in your abilities, wait for the software to get pushed to your phone.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

Wait for Even Better Performance

Wait for Even Better Performance

You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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Android 11 Beta Problems: 5 Things to Know

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While it might be tempting to install the Android 11 beta on your Pixel 2, Pixel 2 XL, Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, or Pixel 4a, it’s important to take note of the problems that could popup if you decide to move off Android 10.

Google’s pushed the Android 11 beta to Pixel devices ahead of the official release later this year. The Android 11 beta is open to the public and it’s free to download if you own a compatible device.

The Android 11 beta lets Pixel users try out new features ahead of time and it will also help Google squash bugs and performance issues ahead of the final release. It’s tempting, but beta software isn’t for everyone.

The beta is pre-release software and early software is often buggy. In fact, Google’s already called out several potential issues testers could encounter once they get the software on board. Some of these issues are minor, others might have you thinking about a move back to Android 10.

If you’re debating a move to the Android 11 beta, you should be familiar with these issues before you install the firmware. This way you aren’t caught off guard.

And if you’re already running the Android 11 beta on your device you should keep an eye out for problems. If you do run into something you should report the issue to Google so the company can improve the final product.

In this guide we’ll take you through the current state of Android 11 beta problems, provide you with potential fixes, show you where to find feedback about the Android 11 beta, and show you how to report issues with the software.

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  • Save every photo with free, unlimited storage at high quality through Google photos [1].
  • The Google assistant is the easiest way to get things done – including screening calls.[2]
  • Fast Charging battery delivers up to 7 hours of use with just a 15-minute charge.[3]
  • Comes with 3 years of OS and security updates] and the custom-built Titan M chip.[5]

Android 11 Beta Problems

The Android 11 beta could have a tremendous impact on your Pixel’s performance. While some of you might see improvements, others will run into issues.

Google’s highlighted several potential issues with the software. The list includes:

  • This release may have various stability, battery, or performance issues on supported devices.
  • For users with accessibility needs, this release may not be appropriate for daily use.
  • Some apps may not function as expected when running on this release. This includes Google’s apps as well as other apps.
  • On Pixel devices when using another default launcher, gesture navigation actions can sometimes launch the Pixel launcher instead of the default launcher.
  • On some devices, the Camera app can sometimes crash when a user attempts to take a photo or video.
  • The screen sometimes fails to auto-rotate when using the YouTube app.

We’re also hearing about installation issues, keyboard issues, Pixel Launcher problems, and audio problems. The software is extremely new so you can expect the list of problems to grow as more people move to the newest version of the beta.

If you rely on your phone for work, school, or communicating with friends and family, you’ll want to consider staying put on Android 10.

How to Report Android 11 Beta Problems

If you run into a bug or performance issue on the Android 11 beta, you’ll want to report the issue to Google. Your feedback will help the company identify, and fix, issues before the official version arrives later this year.

There are a few different ways to send feedback about Android 11. Google recommends sharing feedback on the Android Beta Reddit. You can also share feedback directly

  • Platform: Issues with Android 11 system software or APIs (platform), NDK (platform), device hardware (Camera, Sensors, CPU, GPU), or Android Runtime (ART).
  • App compatibilityIssues that occur with an app running on Android 11.
  • Third Party SDKsIssues applicable to a third party library, software development kit (SDK), or development environment that is breaking with Android 11.
  • Scoped StorageIssues applicable to Scoped Storage in Developer Preview and Beta builds.
  • Android Generic System Image (GSI)Issues applicable to Generic System Image (GSI) builds during Developer Preview and Beta.

You can also track the status of Android 11 issues using the Android 11 issue tracker. This is the same tracker tool Google uses.

How to Fix Android 11 Beta Problems

Google’s released a new beta, Android 11 beta 3, that brings fixes for a number of lingering issues. Here’s the change log:

General

  • Package visibility: When you declare an intent filter for browser apps, your app gains visibility into browser apps on the device. In previous versions, this intent filter gave apps visibility into a broader set of apps.
  • Fixed app stability issues that were caused by upgrading the version of SQLite that is used by the Android platform from 3.22 to 3.28.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some apps from connecting to the internet when the device was using cellular data.
  • Fixed an issue that interfered with some apps’ ability to determine a device’s GPS location.
  • Fixed an issue with SurfaceTexture that was causing some apps to crash intermittently.

Google apps

  • The Google app, Google search bar, or Discover feed no longer sometimes freeze or become unresponsive.
  • Some labels in the Pixel launcher Home settings no longer display incorrectly.
  • In the Messages app, the RCS chat features no longer get stuck sometimes in the Connecting state.

If you’re running Android 11 Beta 2.5, Android 11 Beta 2, Beta 1.5, or Beta 1, we recommend moving your phone to the latest version of the beta.

If you encounter an issue with the beta you can’t rely on Google to fix the issue. The company won’t release a new beta every week and there’s no guarantee the next beta will have a fix for your problem on board. If you want to stay on the beta and don’t want to wait for Google, you’ll have to take matters into your own hands.

Our fixes for the most common Pixel 4, Pixel 3, and Pixel 2 are great starting points. Our guides will show you how to fix bad battery life, issues with connectivity, random reboots, and other common problems.

If you’re having trouble installing the Android 11 beta please check out Google’s guide.

If you the problems become too much, you can move your phone off Android 11. However, you won’t be able to unenroll from the beta and go back to a public release until you’ve wiped all locally saved data on your device.

Google also notes that you might encounter issues restoring a backup.

Where to Find Android 11 Beta Feedback

As we push away from the release, you’ll want to monitor feedback from Android 11 beta users. We’ve seen feedback emerge on social media sites like Twitter and YouTube.

We’ve also seen feedback on Google’s Pixel Help ForumsXDA-Developers, and the Android Beta Reddit.

Short-term feedback can be extremely useful, but you’ll also want to make sure you dig into long-term feedback from beta testers if you’re on the fence about making a move from Android 10 to Android 11 beta or one version of the beta to another.

What’s Next

Android 11 beta 3 might be the final beta release. Google could issue a Beta 3.5 update, but that’s far from guaranteed at this point.

The company says it plans to release the final version of Android 11 sometime in the third quarter though it hasn’t provided a specific release date for Pixel phones.

That said, it looks like September 8th is a prime candidate for Android 11’s arrival. Keep an eye out for new information as we push toward September.

8 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy Note 20 & 4 Reasons Not To

Wait Because the Galaxy Note 20 Launch is Close

Wait Because the Galaxy Note 20 Launch is Close

The Galaxy Note 20 launch is just a few weeks away. Again, you can expect it to arrive during Samsung's online event in early August. 

As for the release date, a report out of Korea points to a release in Korea on August 21st. That date isn't confirmed, but it makes a lot of sense. 

Here's how the Galaxy Note release dates have stacked up over the years:

  • Galaxy Note 10 released - August 23, 2019.
  • Galaxy Note 9 released - August 24, 2018.
  • Galaxy Note 8 released - September 15, 2017.
  • Galaxy Note 7 released -  August 19, 2016.

The Galaxy Note 20 recently passed through the FCC's clutches which is a necessary step ahead of a widespread release. 

So, if the Galaxy Note 20 is appealing, you might want to sit back and wait. 

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9 Things to Do Before the Pixel 5 Release Date

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Google’s confirmed the Pixel 5 release for later this year. With the release on the horizon, interested buyers should start preparing for its arrival.

In a bit of a surprise, Google confirmed the existence of the Pixel 5 in its Pixel 4a announcement. The Pixel 4a, the company’s new budget phone, arrives later this month while the Pixel 5 lands sometime this fall alongside a 5G version of the Pixel 4a.

Google says the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 will be available in the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Japan, Taiwan and Australia and that it will provide more information about the devices in the coming months.

We don’t have an official release date for the Pixel 5, but there’s a good chance it launches in the company’s standard October window. Last year, the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL launched in mid-October.

Google’s Pixel 4a and Pixel 5 announcement in France briefly confirmed the pre-order date for the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5. Assuming the company doesn’t make a change, you can expect the devices to go on sale on October 8th.

Oddly enough, YouTuber Jon Prosser, who has released accurate information in the past, claims the Pixel 5 is coming September 30th.

If one of these dates holds, Google’s new flagship will clash directly with Apple’s new iPhone 12 series. Apple typically releases new iPhones in September, but it looks like the company will ship its flagship models in October.

If you’re planning to buy a new phone this fall, and you’re interested in picking up the Pixel 5, here are a few things you should do before the release date.

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  • Capture great photos using your cell phone on the 12 MP dual pixel rear camera with features like Live HDR+, Night Sight, and Portrait Mode; share photos directly from the viewfinder of your Pixel camera to Google and popular third party apps
  • The Adaptive Battery lasts up to 24 hours[1] as it learns your favorite apps and reduces power to the ones you rarely use
  • HDR+ makes your photos look better by automatically adjusting for color and lighting; Night Sight lets you capture rich detail and color even in the dark; Portrait Mode helps you take beautiful portraits with a DSLR quality look
  • Get things done with just your voice: Send texts, get directions and reminders, and multitask on the go on your mobile phone with help from Google

Track Pixel 5 Rumors

If you’re interested in upgrading to Google’s new flagship you’ll want to get caught up on the latest information and track Pixel 5 rumors as we push toward the official announcement.

The rumor mill will keep you informed about the Pixel 5’s potential hardware and software features. It will also help you set realistic expectations about the device’s pricing, specs, and release date.

Check Your Upgrade Status

Make sure you keep an eye on your upgrade status as we push through the summer and fall.

Carriers will sometimes bump your upgrade status so you’ll want to check in on it to see if anything changes in the buildup to Google’s announcements.

Google hasn’t confirmed the Pixel 5’s carriers, but we imagine that you’ll be able to take an unlocked model to any one of the major carriers.

Checking your status is very easy and should only take you a few minutes. Here’s how to check your upgrade online at AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile.

Get Familiar with Android 11

Unlike the Pixel 4a, the Pixel 5 will run Google’s Android 11 operating system out of the box. We recommend getting familiar with Android 11 ahead of the device’s arrival.

Android 11 is currently in beta testing ahead of a release in Q3. Google hasn’t announced a release date, but current signs point to a release in early September. Fortunately, you don’t have to wait until September to familiarize yourself with the software.

If you have an eligible device, you can download the Android 11 beta right now and get acquainted with it.

If you don’t have a phone that works with the beta, or you don’t want to install beta software, dig into feedback from testers.

We’ve released a guide that runs down some of the bigger changes on board. Google also has a dedicated website that outlines the operating system in detail.

Doing this will ensure that you aren’t caught off-guard by the look and feel of the Pixel 5’s software.

Lots of people love Google’s pure version of Android, but many others prefer the skins from companies like OnePlus and Samsung. You won’t know what group you fall into unless you do some research.

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Research Accessories

Use this time to get familiar with the companies that make accessories for the Pixel line. If you do this early enough, you’ll know which accessory makers to avoid and how much to spend if you want to pair a case, screen protector or something else with your Pixel 5.

We recommend reading reviews and digging into the best Pixel 4 cases, Pixel 4 screen protectors, and other accessories before the device’s release date.

Get familiar with pricing, styles, the pros and cons of popular manufacturers, and the level of protection these accessories will provide.

Look at Google’s Other Pixel Phones

Before you decide to make the Pixel 5 your next phone, make sure you look into Google’s other Pixel devices.

The Pixel 4a is the company’s new budget model. It doesn’t come with the latest and greatest features, but it’ll be more than enough for a lot of people, especially at its $350 price point.

You’ll also want to investigate the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL from 2019. They’re solid options and their prices have dropped in the months since their arrival.

Make sure you check out the Pixel 3a, Pixel 3a XL, Pixel 3, and Pixel 3 XL as well. The Pixel 3 series is getting older, but it can still hold its own in 2020.

Research Other Pixel 5 Alternatives

If you aren’t stuck on buying a Pixel device, you’ll also want to check out top Pixel 5 alternatives on shelves right now. Here are a few we recommend:

You’ll also want to look into upcoming devices like Apple’s iPhone 12 series.

Make a Plan for Your Current Phone

Make sure you have a plan for your current phone so you aren’t scrambling when you go to buy your new device.

If you plan on selling your current device to help offset the cost of your next phone, you’ll want to dig into prices at resellers like Gazelle and NextWorth.

Make sure you keep the phone in pristine condition. This is how you’ll get the most money back from resellers, your carrier, or Google.

If you’re feeling generous, you might be able to find a friend or relative who could benefit from your current phone. You might also might want to look into donating your phone to charity.

Decide If You Need Preferred Care

Given the Pixel 4a’s status as Google’s budget device, the Pixel 5 won’t be cheap so you’ll probably want to protect your investment. You can buy a case, but you also might want to join Google’s Preferred Care program for added protection.

Google Preferred Care warranty covers accidental damage and device malfunctions. You can learn more about it over on Google’s website.

As we push toward the Pixel 5’s launch, research the program and see if it’s worth it.

Compare Carriers

If you’re unhappy with your data plan or your provider’s coverage, use this time to dig into competitors and see if you can find a better fit.

Each carrier has its pros and cons, but you might find one that stands out. If you’re interested in switching carriers, please take a look at our guides covering AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon.

You’ll also want to dig into smaller carriers like Spectrum, Xfinity, and others. They might not get the Pixel 5 right away, but they’re typically cheaper.

5 Reasons to Wait for the Galaxy S21 & 5 Reasons Not To

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Wait for Even Better Performance

You can expect the Galaxy S21 series to build on the foundation left by the Galaxy S20 series and the Galaxy Note 20 series

A sketchy report out of China claims Samsung will utilize the Snapdragon 865 inside the Galaxy S21 to keep the price down. 

That said, there's also a chance the Galaxy S21 makes the jump to Qualcomm's rumored Snapdragon 875 processor. If true, that should lead to notable improvements in overall speed, multitasking, and battery life. 

91Mobiles has released potential information about Qualcomm's new processor. It will supposedly include a new X60 5G modem and an Adreno 660 graphics processor.

Unfortunately, the report doesn't shed any light on how much it'll improve upon the Snapdragon 865. We probably won't get those details until much later this year.

Another processor rumor hints at a new Exynos 1000 processor for the upcoming Galaxy S21 Ultra and an Exynos 991 or or Exynos 992 for the cheapest Galaxy S21 model.

The Exynos 1000 is reportedly codenamed "Olympus" and the "Exynos 1000" moniker is currently a tenative name. 

Leaker Ice Universe says the Exynos 1000 will still "lose" to the Snapdragon 875, he says power consumption should be improved. 

The company is also reportedly thinking about ditching the Exynos name for its in-house processors.  

The Galaxy S20's 120Hz screens are extremely smooth, but they can drain battery life and the hope is that Samsung's improvements to next year's models will help tone that down. The Galaxy S20 represents Samsung's first stab at the technology. 

The Galaxy S20's 5G connectivity can also have a heavy impact on battery life and bringing a new modem aboard the Galaxy S21 could help counteract that.

As for the size of the Galaxy S21's battery, Samsung-centric blog Galaxy Club has spotted information about its size. 

The information points to a 4,660mAh capacity battery. The Galaxy S20's battery is rated at 4,370mAh so this would represent a small bump. 

The same site has also leaked the Galaxy S20 Ultra's battery capacity. According to Galaxy Club, the Galaxy S21 Ultra battery is rated at 4,885 mAh which means it could be marketed as 5,000 mAh.

So if you want a high-end Galaxy phone, but think you might want a little more polish, consider hanging around for next year's flagships. 

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2 Reasons to Pre-Order the Pixel 4a & 4 Reasons Not To

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Google’s confirmed its new Pixel 4a smartphone and the device is currently up for pre-order ahead of its release date later on this month.

It took awhile, but Google’s new budget phone is official and the Pixel 4a replaces the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL as the company’s Apple iPhone SE 2 alternative.

As expected, the Pixel 4a is a cheap, mid-range device that’s aimed at those who don’t want to break the bank upgrading to a new, high-quality smartphone. The device matches the iPhone SE 2’s $349.99 price point.

For $349.99 you get 128GB of storage, a 5.81-inch display with 1080 x 2340 OLED resolution at 443 PPI with a 19.5:9 aspect ratio, a single-lens 12.2 megapixel dual-pixel camera, 6GB of RAM, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 730 processor, and Android 10 with an upgraded to Android 11 waiting in the wings. It only comes in one color (black).

The Pixel 4a won’t start shipping until later on this month, but you can pre-order the device right now if you’re interested in making it your next phone.

You can buy the Pixel 4a from a variety of places including Amazon, Google, and Best Buy. Verizon and U.S. Cellular will also start selling the device in the near future.

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  • New, unlocked Android phone gives you the flexibility to change carriers and choose your own data plan; works with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, and other major carriers
  • Capture great photos using your cell phone on the 12 MP dual pixel rear camera with features like Live HDR+, Night Sight, and Portrait Mode; share photos directly from the viewfinder of your Pixel camera to Google and popular third party apps
  • The Adaptive Battery lasts up to 24 hours[1] as it learns your favorite apps and reduces power to the ones you rarely use
  • HDR+ makes your photos look better by automatically adjusting for color and lighting; Night Sight lets you capture rich detail and color even in the dark; Portrait Mode helps you take beautiful portraits with a DSLR quality look
  • Get things done with just your voice: Send texts, get directions and reminders, and multitask on the go on your mobile phone with help from Google

There are some reasons to consider putting in a Pixel 4a pre-order though there are also some reasons why you might want to put your credit card away and hang back for a few days, weeks, or in some cases, even longer.

In this guide, we’ll help you decide if the Pixel 4a is worth pre-ordering right now.

Pre-Order If You Want the Pixel 4a ASAP

Pre-Order If You Want the Pixel 4a ASAP

If you've been waiting for Google to announce a new budget phone and you're sold on the changes Google's made, you might want to put in a pre-order.

The Pixel 4a officially launches on August 20th and Google currently says orders placed today should arrive by August 21st. That said, shipping times could slip even further in the coming days.

Amazon has already sold out of its initial stock and Best Buy is currently saying its shipments should arrive by August 24th. 

If you're in desperate need of a new device and you've got your heart set on the Pixel 4a, you should consider putting in an order as soon as you can to ensure prompt delivery.

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